Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:54

Cisco unveils Wi-Fi 6 networking stack

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Cisco's new Wi-Fi access points. Cisco's new Wi-Fi access points. Courtesy Cisco

Multinational networking vendor Cisco has rolled out Wi-Fi 6 compatible infrastructure, betting that it will be taken up ahead of 5G, releasing what it says are next-generation switches, access points and controllers.

Wi-Fi 6 is claimed to be able to connect many more devices to one access point, faster data speeds and quicker response times.

The equipment rolled out on Monday night by Cisco includes:

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New access points across the Catalyst and Meraki portfolios support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard. The new APs are claimed to deliver a smarter and more secure wireless network and are also multilingual, with the ability to communicate with multiple IoT protocols, including BLE, Zigbee, and Thread.

The Catalyst 9600 core switch family is aimed at companies that need a single networking fabric that brings wired and wireless together. It has been built as the next evolution of the Catalyst 6000 — the most successful networking product in the history of the Internet.

The 9600 series run Cisco's IOS XE software which supports automated device provisioning and hot patching.

The company also unveiled new resources for developers in the shape of the DevNet Wireless Dev Centre, which includes learning labs, sandboxes and developer resources needed to create wireless applications.

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Cisco also said it had completed interoperability testing with Broadcom, Intel and Samsung to address gaps that could arise as the result of a new standard.

It said Samsung, Boingo, Presidio and unspecified others were expected to join the Cisco OpenRoaming project which aims to make it easier to hop between Wi-Fi and LTE networks and onboard public Wi-Fi.

"Every leap in connectivity enables the next wave of profound innovation. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 represent a new era of connectivity," said David Goeckeler, executive vice-president and general manager, Networking and Security Business at Cisco.

"Developers are already creating the next generation of wireless-first, immersive experiences. With billions of things connecting to the network, this growth will create unprecedented complexity for IT. Cisco is building a multi-domain network architecture to simplify complexity for IT, allowing CIOs to deliver against their innovation agenda."

The Meraki and Catalyst Access Points and Catalyst 9600 can be ordered right away.

Graphics: courtesy Cisco

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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